Red

2003 Château Léoville Poyferré

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien

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Community Tasting Note

  • Eric wrote:

    March 17, 2018 - 2003 Bordeaux at 15 years courtesy of Mark Taylor; 3/17/2018-3/18/2018 (Atlanta, GA): This wine opened with a weird, weird, terrible nose. Overripe with soy sauce, celery, and skunk. It was oxidative and odd. I will say that after 45 minutes this did start to blow off, but it was a troubling showing and consistent across two bottles. Despite the oxy nose, it was not a bad palate, somewhat classic but with some dried fruit character, lots and lots of structure. Guessed as Lagrange, but this was in fact a troubling showing for the Poyferre. Ranked 6 out of 6.

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  • Ibetian commented:

    3/20/18, 5:20 PM - Thanks, Eric for your notes on this tasting. As I wrote in my comment on your 2003 Pavie note, I’ve enjoyed the 2003s very much, including the 2003 Leo Poy. The last two bottles over the past two years were excellent, rated 95. Sorry you had a bad experience with both bottles.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    3/22/18, 6:17 PM - Hi Eric....FWIW....I've had 3 bottles of this the last 6 months and not had the same odd experience you did. It sounds like you just had a bad bottle. As we all know this can be quite common from BDX. All 3 bottles I've had, 2 here at home obtained thru winebid and one at the chateau over lunch were extremely consistent, scoring 94, 95 and 94 by my palate. Don't pass on another bottle of this should you come across one. It is quite good!

  • Eric commented:

    3/23/18, 12:23 AM - Mark, I am just hoping that both bottles opened at our tasting were bad -- although the provenance was perfect.

    I too have quite a few of these in my cellar and need to check in. I opened a half bottle 10 years ago and went nuts over it.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    3/23/18, 5:09 AM - Eric, I hope your other bottles are going to be ok! Expecting greatness and finding worthless is not fun......I was fortunate to be at a negociant's office in BDX back in Sept for a '96 tasting of 5 different Chateaux, the last being Latour. If you could have seen the look of horror on his face when he realized the Latour was bad! He quickly scuffled to get another bottle and open it for us. It was fine, but at $995 a bottle he wasn't happy. He said the Chateau would replace it for him, no cost, but nonetheless he was quite embarrassed. I wish we could always get the Chateau to replace our bad bottles when we come across them!!!

  • Bordeaux_Jon commented:

    4/17/18, 9:58 PM - These don’t sounds representative to me either. Best of luck with future bottles.

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